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Bucket list of Lily Pearl Evans from Secrets in the Sand #RLFblog #romanticsuspense Let’s meet Lily Pearl Evans from Secrets in the Sand, a romantic suspense by Alana Lorens. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Secrets in the Sand by Alana Lorens

Genre Romantic suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

After a run of bad relationships, Lily Pearl Evans has finally become an independent woman. In the New Mexico desert town of Chaparral, she works for herself, sets her own rules, and is determined no man will hold her back again.
Gene Nicholas worked for more than a decade to achieve his dream to be a doctor. Wanting to share his gifts with those less fortunate, he leaves south Florida to volunteer for Doctors Without Borders in Mexico.
When Gene provokes a showdown with the local Mexican drug cartel, he becomes a man with a price on his head. On the run, he ends up on Lily’s doorstep–a mystery man forced to conceal his past to protect them both. With the cartel’s dangerous web drawing tight around them, can Lily and Gene survive a drug lord’s revenge?

When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”

Age: 30-something (a lady doesn’t tell)

Gender: female

Birthplace: Indiana

Profession: whorehouse madam

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

Let’s say I’m a well-preserved redhead, eyes so dark blue they’re nearly violet. I like to dress in soft, comfortable clothes, but they have to be a little sexy. After all, I run a bordello in New Mexico, just north of the border.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I didn’t start out to be a madam. My aunt Candy let me visit when I was a teenager, and I always loved her big old house outside of Chaparral. When she died fifteen years ago, she passed it on to me, and I gathered up a group of women I knew were having trouble in their own lives to move in here. Now we each contribute a share to making the place successful. Some work with clients—not me. I provide the place and the management. I’m independent, and don’t need anyone. That’s the way I want to live.

Who is the significant other in your life?

I had a long, sad relationship with Lonnie Berman. Fortunately, he was a long distance trucker, so we didn’t spend that much time together. He taught me not to trust men much. That’s why dealing with them as a business transaction is just fine with me. Until this stranger showed up on my doorstep in the middle of the night, Nick Richards. There’s a lot more to him than appeared on the surface, as I came to find out. He could be a danger—but my heart doesn’t say so.

Bucket List

If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.

What is your birth order?

Actually, I don’t really know. My real mother went off on some personal kick when I was two and left me with the Evans family next door. She was gone for months. When she came back, they wanted to keep me, and she just signed the papers. Nearly broke my heart when my adopted family told me the truth.

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.

Books. Definitely books. I was always wanting to live some other life. Never expected to end up in this one, for sure.

Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.

I love a great salsa. We have a grill out back where we roast our own peppers, poblano, chipotle and more. Just the right amount of chopped garlic, onion, lime, cilantro and the freshest tomatoes we can find. Oh, heaven—it’s to die for.

Tell us about your best friend.

Esther works with me at the house, managing the kitchen and the backstairs. She’s like a sister, always nagging me about my decisions. She means well. But she knows I’d never let anything happen to her, or any of the other young women who’ve thrown their fates in with mine.

What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?

So many places, and I doubt I’ll ever see any of them! When you run a business, it’s hard to take time off. But if I had to choose…I’d say Paris, and the back country of Australia. Ha! Romantic dreams, right? But living in the desert has given me an appreciation of the wild lands, and I’d just love to see a kangaroo!

Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?

The hospital. I hate hospitals. I’ve had really bad migraines since I was about 14, and sometimes it’s necessary to hit the ER. But I hold off until I can’t avoid it. Too many needles and bright lights and people who don’t really care about you.

Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?

My ex, Lonnie. He drops in every so often, trying to spark me up. I wish he’d just take no for an answer and take off for good.

If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?

Huh. I don’t know. I think maybe I’d like to go back and ask my birth mother why she left me. Maybe I’d feel less insecure about everything in my life.

About Alana Lorens

Alana Lorens always dreamed of being able to handle the drama and intrigue in everyday life. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a young adult daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

These two characters actually came from a science fiction role playing game that my former husband and I used to play on the Internet. We both loved them very much, and I wanted to preserve them in a way that others could share them. At the time, I wasn’t writing sci-fi, so I had to find a way that I could recreate their story in the modern world, in America. Lily Pearl is still a madam, and Gene is still a doctor, but the dangers that face them both are quite different from ray guns and hostile aliens. I’m quite pleased with the transformation!

What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?

I have jumped into most of them, I think. I write romance and suspense as Alana Lorens, and fantasy and science fiction for adult and young adult as Lyndi Alexander. I don’t focus on one genre—I write the stories that come to me, then figure out where they fit in the literary world.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

When I was a newspaper reporter in south Florida back in the 80s, I got to fly the F-16 flight simulator at Homestead Air Force Base. Totally destroyed a $7 million dollar plane in about five minutes!

Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?

I prefer to write story over sex. While my characters have normal relationships (well, in this book there are some kinks off camera, because of the nature of the beast), I try to write the best suspense/plot I can. When I’m reading a story, if the plot doesn’t hold together, it doesn’t matter how much sexytimes there are, I just can’t keep reading. That being said, I believe readers will be satisfied with what intimate scenes they receive.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

I appreciate everyone who reads my stories—that’s why I create them! I hope you enjoy these characters as much as I do.

Where to buy Secrets in the Sand

Publisher https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/secrets-in-the-sand

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Sand-Alana-Lorens-ebook/dp/B004XJ5YIC/

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Alana Lorens always dreamed of being able to handle the drama and intrigue in everyday life. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
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Bucket list of Dr. Margaret Amis-Hollings from Passionate Destiny @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #paranormal #PNRLet’s meet Dr. Margaret Amis-Hollings from Passionate Destiny, a paranormal erotic romance by Dee S Knight. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Passionate Destiny by Dee S Knight

Genre Paranormal erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Dr. Margaret Amis-Hollings, professor of women’s studies at a small New Jersey college, is a woman who confidently knows who she is and what she expects of life. Until she loses her teaching position and her well-ordered life gets turned upside down. Then, in a subtle stroke of whimsy, fate tosses her a gift in an historic home and property in Virginia.
Harboring visions of Gone With the Wind, she determines to use River Peace as a temporary reprieve from her troubles. Images of Tara quickly evaporate when she arrives to discover the reality of her inheritance, however.
River Peace has history, grace and style going for it. After only one night, Margaret discovers that it also has a ghost. She’s visited by a male spirit from the time of the War Between the States, who knows how to make a woman feel special. And very loved, indeed.
Aaron Belton meets Margaret when she first arrives in Virginia. He’s renowned for historic renovations on a multitude of properties, but he’s got a special place in his heart for River Peace. He and his family believe the property always should have belonged to them. In fact, Aaron will do almost anything to make that happen. When his passion for the house changes to a passion for the house’s owner, Aaron’s as surprised as anyone. Can he gain both? To do so, he’ll have to face a spectral being.
And his own destiny.
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: Early 30s—a woman’s prime
Gender: Proudly female
Birthplace: New Jersey
Profession: Professor of Women’s Studies
Ethnicity: Yankee
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I have auburn hair that is (sadly) curly and nearly untamable, blue eyes, and a slim 5’8″ frame.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Until recently, I taught as a full professor at a college in New Jersey. Due to cut backs, they did away with the Women’s Studies courses (can you imagine??) and I found myself wondering how I would make ends meet. Wouldn’t you know, that very week I received notice from a lawyer in Virginia that a relative I didn’t know had left me a mansion in Virginia. Now, even a feminist can be a little romantic now and then, so naturally I imagined Tara, or something close. But my natural realistic tendencies took over when I saw the poor old, dilapidated structure River Peace really was. However, I can be stubborn and demanding, and I soon determined who would do the work so I could sell the place. After all, the little berg in central Virginia where the house was located was not for me. The pace was too slow, the people were too nosy (some would say friendly, but they would be wrong), and the whole state not New Jersey. Does that tell you enough?
Who is the significant other in your life?
At one time I was married to Jackson Hollings, a colleague at my college with an unfortunate penchant for teaching assistants. Now I have a strong attraction for the man making the repairs on my house, Aaron Belton. My God! The man is attractive in a visceral way. But strange. Very strange. He gave up a professorship at a nearby prestigious university in order to work on old houses. The sex is great but the man is a little weird.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

Only child.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
A doll but even as a child I never liked Barbie, who exemplifies the physical side of a woman instead of her mind and accomplishments. In my opinion, every Barbie should come with a big, fat pimple on her chin and love handles to remind girls that even so-called beautiful women have real life to deal with.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Thank God I have a high metabolism because I like almost all food. I do stay away from fried food, however. That is, I did until Aaron took me to the diner in town. Southerners do have a way with fried chicken, don’t they? Best I’ve ever had!
Tell us about your best friend.
I guess before he cheated on me, my husband would have been my best friend. Jackson is a real charmer, and I’m not unaware of them even now that we’re divorced. He’s a great teacher and a lot of fun. He also has a fine mind and a challenging way about him, always keeping me on my toes. He’s attractive (though not in Aaron’s league), and I always enjoyed being on his arm when we went out. Weirdly, Jackson’s also a bit of a gossip, and all of my girlfriends loved being around him. He mixes well with men or women—is that strange?
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
Truthfully, until coming to Virginia, I never saw much reason to leave New Jersey. We have the shore and mountains close by in Pennsylvania. New York City isn’t far from where I lived and neither is the countryside. I had everything I thought a person could want, all within a hundred miles of my home, so why pay good money to go anywhere else? Now, with Aaron, there are any number of places I’d like to see. He gives everything a new perspective. I would like to explore how women lived in the past (maybe Rome or Greece) and the present (Peru, maybe, or Tanzania). I feel like the world has opened for me after moving just a few hundred miles south.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Aaron and I recently visited Haiti for one of Aaron’s consulting jobs. The poverty was so overwhelming. It made me feel helpless and determined to make some kind of difference at the same time.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
Queen Elizabeth. People make fun of her for some reason, but she’s set the standard for how to live a decent, good life in public service, through good times and bad. And to serve as queen for all these years you know she has to have a backbone.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
Any boorish man who thinks he knows what’s best for a woman.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
1920. I would be among the first women able to vote for president of the Unites States.

About Dee S Knight

A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

I’m not sure what the biggest challenge (problem) was exactly, but I almost didn’t finish it. I started it in February and by November, I said to myself that if I didn’t finish by Thanksgiving I was going to virtually shove it under the bed with the dust bunnies. Fortunately I had a small mercy to be thankful for because I sent it to Liquid Silver the week before the holiday. From when I started to when I finished, I wrote one other whole book and several novellas, just because I couldn’t get off the dime with Margaret and Aaron. I’m so happy I did finish because Passionate Destiny has almost all 5 rated reviews and was a Top Pick in Romantic Times magazine!

Why did you choose this character for the interview today?

I’ve always liked Margaret. She was based on my boss when I worked in New Jersey, and if he read the book he would immediately know. I loved working for Joe and I like to think that I gave Margaret some of his character that made her spunky and sassy. It’s been a while since Passionate Destiny was released and I’d like to do a bit more with it.

Are any sequels planned for this book?

When the book came out I was asked to write a sequel but usually when I finish writing a book I ‘m ready to put the characters away. Since then I’ve thought about a sequel and even a prequel. Virginia has such a rich history that it would be easy to draw from for another book or two with Margaret, Aaron and their families.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That I was a professional editor for training materials—pretty boring stuff! It made writing fiction a good release in the evenings.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

Thank you! I’ve appreciated your support over the years and now!!

Where to buy Passionate Destiny

Publisher http://liquidsilverpublishing.com/

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Dee S Knight Social Media

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Blog http://nomadauthors.com/blog

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Bucket list of Daniel Goodman from Only a Good Man Will Do @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #romanceLet’s meet Daniel Goodman from Only a Good Man Will Do, an erotic romance by Dee S Knight. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Only a Good Man Will Do by Dee S Knight

Genre Erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Seriously ambitious man seeks woman to encourage his goals, support his (hopeful) position as Headmaster of Westover Academy, and be purer than Caesar’s wife. Good luck with that!
Daniel Goodman is a man on a mission. For years he has striven for perfection, fighting for the pinnacle achievement in his world of academia, Headmaster of Westover Academy. Westover, established before the American Revolution, is still one of the most prestigious schools in the country. They accept only boys whose parents fit a certain mold and only those teachers who hold to a stringent set of mores, on and off campus. Jonah considers his brother a prig. Daniel sees himself as doing his best to serve his students. How much better can he serve them as headmaster? That is what he seeks to find out.
Suddenly, into his cut and dried, strictly black and white life of moral and upright behavior, comes Eve Star, formerly one of Europe’s foremost exotic dancers. Her life is anything but cut and dried, black and white. Bad enough that she’s enrolled her son in Westover Academy under false pretenses. More, she runs the town’s most disreputable bar. Worst, much to Daniel’s dismay, he finds himself drawn to her like a kid to chocolate. Nothing good can come of this attraction. Or can it? He is after all, a good man.
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Answer these questions as the character. Please write on the same line.
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Lucky Strike, NC
Profession: Educator
Ethnicity: Caucasion
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
6’1″, hazel eyes, hair trimmed short and neat, trim figure, clean-shaven, always impeccably dressed
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I teach buys at the prestigious Westover Academy, a preparatory school for boys in New Hampshire. I started there eight years ago after teaching elsewhere for four years and gaining my PhD. I’m bookish and not embarrassed about that. I love working with my charges, both the younger boys who live in my dorm and the older boys, whom I teach English literature. The pinnacle of my career would be to become headmaster of Westover, and that is my current goal and why I need a woman who can fit in to the school culture and help support my dream.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Sadly, my obsession is with a woman who cannot fit into the school culture and would never be accepted as my wife–should I reach my goal of becoming headmaster. She’s Eve Star, a former exotic dancer. Or, let’s call a spade a spade, a former stripper, well-known on the European stage.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

I’m one of a set of identical triplets. Mother never told us who was born first, middle, or last. Maybe because she didn’t really know herself.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
Books. Always books.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
As a child, my palate was simple–pinto beans and cornbread was great. Since dining at school I’ve come to appreciate a good roast. I understand that Eve makes an exceptional roast–I wonder if she would make one for me.
Tell us about your best friend.
My brothers, Mark and Jonah, were always my best friends. I stayed by myself a lot, though, losing myself in books. Here at school, my best friend on the faculty is Stan Baxter.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
Great Britain because so much great literature and poetry emerged from there, and Italy because that’s where Eve lived for years. I’d like to see it through her eyes.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
To live? Lucky Strike. It’s home and I have good memories of there, but people there think of me as one of the Goodman boys. I’ve worked hard to be my own man and I don’t want to be thought of as one of three again.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
What literature teacher wouldn’t want to meet Shakespeare? But also Matthew Arnold because of his great poetry and his critical view on society and culture.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
Sydney Thomas. Her father is an important man on the Westover Academy board and Sydney fancies herself my champion. She’s a nice woman but she makes it known that she has more than a casual interest in me. It’s annoying because Sydney would make a perfect headmaster’s wife but Eve is driving me crazy with desire.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
The very early 17th century to view Shakespeare’s plays performed in the original Globe Theatre.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Revising the original storyline. It started years ago as a duo book with Vanessa Hart. She had been writing the part of Daniel’s twin brother, Jonah. When Vanessa gave her permission for me to continue the story alone, I had to fill in the parts she would have written. I also changed the twin story to triplets. There was quite a bit to do from a differing perspective, but I like the new direction.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
He’s the hero in the first book in The Good Man Series, a play on Daniel’s last name, Goodman. I like him–I can identify with him, having taught boys for a good number of years myself.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
How good a man he is. I mean, he can be a snob, but in his heart, he’s good. I like him!
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Yes, Jonah and Mark each get their own books. Jonah is a mechanic who gets a second chance at love–if he doesn’t screw things up again!–and Mark is a true genius who doesn’t recognize that the best thing in his life is before his very eyes.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Hmmm… I’ve written futuristic, sweet (under a different name), ménage, and paranormal, so I’m not sure. I do have in mind a series that’s sweeter than The Good Man Series and will be written when I end with the Goodmans.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
That I look like a sweet grandma who knows nothing about erotic romance. So untrue! ;)
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
The story itself is good–it’s not all sex, though Daniel has healthy male appetites. Reviews have been wonderful and I think the believable characters will draw readers in. That was my goal, anyway!
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
I love all of you! Thank you for inviting me into your reading world! And thank you, Kayelle for this opportunity!

Where to buy Only a Good Man Will Do

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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/only-a-good-man-will-do
Website https://nomadauthors.com/deesknight/index.html

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A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors. I love to hear from people, so please do contact me.
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Bucket list of Richie Raggalio from The Perfect Pitch @karencino #RLFblog #WomensFiction RomanceLet’s meet Richie Raggalio from The Perfect Pitch, a Women’s Fiction Romance by Karen Cino. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino

Genre Women’s Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17
Francine and Richie Raggalio are high school sweethearts. Francine owns her own real estate business and Richie pitches for the New York Pelicans. Richie hurts his shoulder while pitching the first game of the season, not the way he wants to end his career. When Francine is left an abandoned restaurant from someone from her past, things begin to spiral out of control. The mystery of a hidden basement brings Francine and her friends together to do their own investigation, which puts them in the middle of a smuggling ring. Will Richie get through his surgery so he can retire on top of his game? And will Francine and her friends solve the mystery of the hidden basement?
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 39
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Professional Baseball Player
Ethnicity: Italian American
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m your typical athlete. I’m tall, slim and muscular. I have wavy brown hair that I let grow past the nape of my neck during the off season, and I’m clean shaven.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m living the dream. I’m a professional ballplayer, the top pitcher in my field. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, the love of my life. I have a family who is supportive of me, and a mother who can be quite overbearing. I live comfortably and take care of my parents too.
Who is the significant other in your life?
My Francine. When I met her she was in foster care. I took a bit for my parents to get use to her, but once they did, they fell in love with her too. She treated my parents as if they were her own. She is a fun loving, caring person who stood by me from when I threw my first pitch in high school.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

The one and only!
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
From as young as I can remember, I always walked around with a baseball in my hand. A ball and glove were my best friends.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Now that’s a touch question. I love Italian food. Eggplant parmigiana is on top of the list and next homemade manicotti. I don’t cook as my mother is the chef in the family when it comes to authentic Italian food.
Tell us about your best friend.
My pal is Jason. Jason plays professional football. We don’t get together as much as we like because of our careers.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
Italy and Hawaii. Italy because my parents still have relatives who live in Tuscan and Palermo. And Hawaii because it’s one of the only states that I haven’t been to, plus the beaches are said to be beautiful.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Even though Alaska is beautiful, I would rather be in the warm climate than in the cold.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
I’d love to met Tom Seaver. Like him, I won the CY Award. He is a legend and I was told by my high school coach that I had the same form as him.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
There is no one in particular, but as a whole, I would like to avoid the haters and bullies of the world. I’ve seen so many peers lose their confidence because of hateful words. I try my best to only stay around positive people.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d love to travel back five years to game seven of the World Series. I’d like the chance to throw a curve ball instead of the fastball. To this day I still can’t believe I threw a one hitter, and that hit was a homerun, causing us to lose 1-0.

Tell us about The Perfect Pitch

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Seaside-Boulevard/dp/154525415X/
https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
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Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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Let’s meet Francine Raggalio from Another Side of Perfect, a Women’s Fiction Romance by Karen Cino. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Another Side of Perfect by Karen Cino

Genre: Women’s Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Richie and Francine’s marriage takes another hit. When Francine finds herself pregnant, everyone is ecstatic, especially Angelina. However, their excitement turns into worry when Francine falls putting her pregnancy in high risk, restricting her to bed rest. Gary Thompson gets traded to another team on the west coast. Toni needs to make the decision to go with him, or stay home and end their relationship. Amy and Jason’s wedding invitations are sent out. The question is will their families accept their wedding? A surprise guest the eve of the wedding will put the spin on the next day’s festivities.
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 32
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Real Estate Broker
Ethnicity: Italian American
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I have long brown hair complimented by big brown eyes. I’m petite, standing at only five foot two and I can afford to lose ten pounds.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
My parents were killed in a car crash, leaving me awarded to the state. I was sent from one foster family to another. Once I attended high school I met the love of my life Richie Raggalio and we’ve been together since. Yes, we have had our ups and down, but through it all we stayed through to one another. One of my flaws is that I always doubt my relationship with Richie. I never felt that I was on the same level as him, with him coming from a stable loving family. I’m a real estate broker and my two best friends Amy and Toni work with me. There is always something going on in my life be it an adventure with my friends and my latest a high risk pregnancy. I love my life and hope that you come along for the ride with me.
Who is the significant other in your life?
My high school sweetheart, Richie. I was at the first game he pitched in high school and the last game he pitched before retiring from major league baseball. We’ve been through so much together and our relationship continued to get stronger each day.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?
I am an only child.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I had a brown haired rag doll that my mother bought me. I still have that doll as a reminder of my mother.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Eggplant parmagiana made by my mother-in-law.
Tell us about your best friend.
I have two best friends but am closer to Amy. Toni and I went through the foster care system together. We were lucky to live in the same neighborhood.In high school I met Amy who was always there for me as I for her.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I’ve been all over the country with Richie but the one place I’d love to visit is Hawaii where I can just lay in the sun and relax. I’d also love top go to Switzerland during the winter. I always wanted to learn how to ski and I heard they have an awesome beginners path.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
The intersection where my parents were killed in a car accident.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
I’d like to meet the Queen of England so I can learn more about her family values and her family.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
There’s no one I would avoid. I love being around people.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d travel back to my childhood so I could spend more time with my parents, get to know them better and be able to tell them I loved them one last time.

Questions for the Author

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Besides finding time to write, I’d say it was keeping up with my characters. At times they took over, so I had to make sure I kept them in line.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
I choose Francine because she had a lot thrown at her and I admire how she put her family and friends before her own health.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Francine is a strong character and at times her whining and mushiness got on my nerves. Come on-we know how much she loves her husband.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
No. This is the 3rd book in the Seaside Boulevard Series.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
I’d like to write a historical and/or time travel.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I hate sitting outside and I can’t write in my pajamas.
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
This book is intense, dealing with real life situations that I feel the reader can relate to. Each book in the series is a stand alone.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
I’d like to thank my readers for their support. I’m hoping to get the first book in my new series out by the fall.

Where to buy Another Side of Perfect

Publisher Mandolay Press
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Karen Cino has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She is also busy writing newsletters and newspaper articles for the 55 and over community she resides at.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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Bucket list of Christian du Plessis from Heiresses in Love Trilogy @marielavender1 #RLFblog #HistoricalRomanceLet’s meet Christian du Plessis from Heiresses in Love Trilogy, a historical romance by Marie Lavender. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Heiresses in Love Trilogy by Marie Lavender

Genre: Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
An unforgettable, sweeping saga of romance, passion and history rooted in tales of maritime suspense…
Three heiresses…three novels like no other.
Upon Your Return
Fara risks her heart every time she’s with him, but she cannot deny him.
Upon Your Honor
Chloe never imagined that the man she deceived would be the one man she can’t stop loving.
Upon Your Love
Adrienne must decide whether to succumb to desire or fight for love.
…Will these remarkable women at last find what they’ve always wanted, or lose more than they can bear?

Questions for Christian du Plessis

When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 27
Gender: Male
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
Profession: Gentleman, Investor, Duelist
Ethnicity: French-American
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I am tall, muscular with black hair and black eyes. I am also tanned from working in the sunlight without a shirt.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I came from a prominent family in New Orleans, but I left the comfort of home as soon as possible, just before my majority. I am an independent man of sorts, and I made a name for myself on my own.
Who is the significant other in your life?
I am not married as of yet, but there is a woman in town, Adrienne Bellamont Hill, who has caught my eye. Like myself, she is stubborn and chooses to do things herself. She also has some pursuits that most women don’t do. I would not mind at all getting to know her better.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

If by that you mean am I a first-born son, no, that honor goes to my brother, Luc. But there are only two of us. We might’ve had another sister or brother, but my Maman died in childbirth when I was ten.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
My favorite was a toy soldier. I often entertained that I was that soldier, going into battle honorably.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
My favorite food is fried crab cakes. Seafood is plentiful around the coast.
Tell us about your best friend.
My closest friend is Pierce Laroque. He is a gentleman and successful scholar, and I would lay down my life for him. We met in school when we were children.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I have already visited many great cities in the states, but I would like to travel abroad, perhaps to France, where my parents originated before they came here. The other place I would enjoy visiting is Scotland. I’ve heard the folks are quite welcoming there.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
My childhood home, the Arnould estate. I will never return. I do not stand to inherit a penny from my father, as Luc will have all of it, and I want nothing from the man in any case. We share too dark of a past to mention here.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
Oh, I have a mind to set up an appointment with the man chasing my friend Pierce. He will pay for going after my chosen brother.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
Besides my family? I have made very few enemies. I get along with most people.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
Time travel? That is quite a fantastical thought. I’ve never heard of it before. But if you refer to visiting a time period in the past, I have always favored Roman tales.

Questions for Marie Lavender

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
I think the biggest challenge was when all the characters wanted their say at the same time, and I had to stop and listen to them to identify what the final book in the series was about.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Christian is one of my favorite characters from the book; he and Adrienne are perfect for each other. I had a blast learning about them both during the writing process!
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?

There are many reasons he is wary of love, but you have to read the book to find out.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
No, there are three books in the series, and they wrap everything up just right.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?

Maybe horror. I’ve started writing a story in that genre, but I haven’t finished it.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I have green eyes.
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Reading the boxed set of this book series will really give you a taste of my writing style. But I also write fantasy and paranormal romance, science fiction tales and even contemporary romance and romantic suspense stories.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

What are you waiting for? Grab a copy of this unique Victorian maritime romance saga. You’ll find nothing like it out there!

Where to buy Heiresses in Love Trilogy

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Multi-genre author of Victorian romance, Upon Your Return, and 22 other books. Upon Your Love and The Missing Piece placed in the top 10 on the 2017 P and E Readers’ Poll. Directions of the Heart was nominated for the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. The I Love Romance Blog became a finalist in StartDating DK’s Romance Blog Awards of 2017. ILRB landed on Feedspot’s 2017 TOP 100 Novel Blogs and TOP 100 Romance Blogs. Directions of the Heart placed in the TOP 10 Books of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. Mystery Blogger Award for 2017. A to Z Blog Challenge Survivor in 2016. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title – winner of the “Broken Heart” themed contest and the “I Love You” themed contest on Poetry Universe. Second Chance Heart and A Little Magick placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P and E Readers’ Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013, 2014 and 2016. 2013 and 2014 Amazon Bestseller Ranking for Upon Your Return. Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 23 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.
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